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off the fiscal cliff next week. we bring you up to speed on the gridlock down in dc. >> reporter: it may already be to late. five-days before the fiscal cliff and with the house out of town until sunday, the senate majority lead admitted a deal seems unlikely. >> i have to be honest. i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: and an attack he point blame on the house speaker for letting members stay home with no deal in sight. > we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies, watching the kids play soccer and basketball. he seems to care more about keeping his speaker ship than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: the speaker's office responded, the senator should talk less and legislate more. the house has already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. democrats have not. the president returned to washington today for a last minute push before leaving vacation in hawaii he had separate phone talks with congressional leaders but it's not clear that those talks help
push to prevent the economy from falling over the fiscal cliff next week. no specific bill is on the schedule in the senate or the house, and house republicans haven't yet called their members back to washington. and hopes for a deal by the december 31 deadline are fading. darren gersh reports. >> reporter: the odds of avoiding the fiscal cliff did not get any better over the holiday. staff discussions continue, but there were few signs much, if anything has been accomplished. the house isn't even scheduled to return to washington yet, leaving it up to the senate to act. >> this is a senate that is incredibly divided, hopelessly partisan, requires 60 votes to do anything and somehow, we are going to be relying on them to in five days, come up with a compromise which is acceptable where a compromise wasn't acceptable in four years. >> reporter: it now looks like some kind of fall over the cliff is the likeliest scenario. and depending on how long it lasts, it could signal a prolonged fight over the debt limit that could spook markets again in february. >> the republicans are
from going over that fiscal cliff next week, which would send taxes soaring while slashing spending. >>> meanwhile, hollywood has something to celebrate as we close out 2012. it's been a very big year in the movies, with the number of tickets sold in the u.s. up for the first time in three years. the domestic box office take is set to hit a record $10.8 billion, with ticket sales up 5.6%. quite an accomplishment in the age of impressive home theaters. >>> meanwhile, when we come back, travelers weren't the only ones fed up with holiday deals. what an angry pilot had to say to his passengers about the matter. >>> also, proof that you do not have to be a kid to get excited over your christmas present. you really have to stay tuned for this. the family behind this viral video is sharing their joy. how do you do that? well, inside the brewer, there's this train that's powerful enough to carry more coffee and fresh water to make coffee that's stronger and bigger... and even hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew the coffee you love -- stronger, bigger, or hotter -- with the keu
on capitol hill may be moving forward on a plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff next week. they left congress on friday with a promise to return after christmas. er
today in what could be the last chance to come talk before the u.s. falls off the fiscal cliff next week. >>> investors are bracing for the final eurozone bond sale of the year. italy will sell up to 6 billion later today. >> and the yen has been sent lower and stocks to their highest level in 21 months. >>> this is the final "worldwide exchange" from london of the year. louisa is here for it. >> i can't believe it. it's my last working day of the year, as well. >> is it? >> yes. >> unfortunately we'll still be talking about the same thing we're talking about now. >> although i feel we'll be talking more debt ceiling, as well. >> and speaking of which, president obama is trying a last ditch effort to restart budget talks days before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff. speaker john boehner has called the house back into session sunday evening. house majority leader eric cantor is telling his members to be prepared to work through january 2nd. both sides are still far apart on taxes and spending cuts. harry reid says prospect deals by monday are unlikely. minority leader mitch mcconnell s
-to-date with the fiscal cliff situation over the next few hours. we showed you athens a few minutes ago and the fireworks displays around the world have been heralding the start of the new year. north korea has joined other countries in having a pyrotechnics display. australia, china and russia are well into 2013. we are tracking the celebrations. >> residents in samoa were among the first to welcome 2013. these to be the last but a year ago, they jumped to the west of the international dateline. the spectacular start to the new year came in sydney harbour, launched by the australian superstar, kiley been no good. -- kylie minogue. 7 tons of fireworks filled the air above sydney harbour bridge. this city's style is rather different. john yang has held what for help -- it's believed to be the first public new year celebration in north korea. burma has joined the global party. ♪ >> the end of the year would not be complete without the viral pop hit, "gangnam style" being performed with great enthusiasm. while hong kong celebrate with a virtuous so show over victoria harbor. fireworks lit up moscow's red
is growing. >> if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff next tuesday, each side blames the other. >> we can avoid going over the fiscal cliff if the president and democrat controlled senate step forward this week and work with republicans to solve this problem and solve it now. >> all over the country now, uncertainty is in the area. >> it's not a matter of am i going to pay my light bill or not but will it deplete my savings. >> even if the impact isn't real, the perceived impact could cause us to drop off in sales. >> getting a deal is up to the senate's top democrat and top republican. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader myself and the white house, in hopes we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> whatever we come up with will be imperfect. some people aren't going to like it. >> majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell say they're confident they come to a compromise but they have to sell it to john boehner and fellow republicans before the deadline. >> president obama will be david gregory's exclusive guest on "meet the
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that political analysts believe that we will go over the "fiscal cliff." so by next week could you start seeing your grocery store bills skyrocket and your paychecks plummet. the president is inding his hawaii have a -- ending his hawaii vacation early and returning tonight. >> wonderful to see all of you. merry christmas to everybody. >> reporter: congress is also coming back from a winter break tomorrow. and time is ticking down on the "fiscal cliff" clock. >> not likely to make a deal before the 1st. >> reporter: cbs 5 political analyst joe tuman says this is washington politics at its worst. >> the only thing that's going to force both sides to negotiate is going over the deadline. people will vote for it. they will be able to say exactly the opposite. >> reporter: in the meantime, consumers suffer. that's because we're about to take the plunge off the dairy cliff. a farm bill expires at the end of the year meaning the government reverts back to the 63-year-old pricing formula for milk and those costs are passed to you. nogallon of milk is about $3.50
. >> arthel: mixed messages on fiscal cliff, next today. republican senator lindsay graham expressing optimism on deal and president obama is calling out lawmakers for rejecting offers for last month. >> what do you think the chances of a small deal in the less 48 hours to avoid the cliff? >> exceedingly good. i think what have we accomplished, a political vick for the president. the president has stood his ground. he is going to get tax rate increases but upper income americans and sad news for the country we have accomplished very little of not becoming greece. this won't affect the debt situation. it will be a political victory for the president and i hope we'll have the courage of our convictions when it comes time to raise the debt ceiling to fight for what we believe in. but hats off to the president. >> we have been talking to the republicans since the election has been over. they have had trouble to say yes to a number of repeated offers. >> so what kind of deal if any can we expect before the clock runs out? joining us for a fair balanced debate, tony is here, national political corre
the fiscal cliff in the next two days? have you that $16 trillion staring us in the face? >> eric, let's look for a silver lining in this fiscal cliff discussion. i think what we are hearing from the american public, loud and clear is that they don't want to pay any more taxes. they don't want to pay for the government they are getting that. leaves two choices. number 1, we continue to borrow money or reduce spending. we won't have the option to borrow forever. so we have to reduce spending. if the american people will get as fired up about reducing spending, we might have a chance to fix that. clearly, that message hasn't gotten through to the white house and to the senate. it is heard loud and clear in the house, but we control just the house. >> eric: how do you get that message across and the american people say, instead of dealing with the tacks going up -- trying to deal with the other side of this issue? >> we continue to have the debate. that's what this is about. that's why we are on television and why we do what we do in the house, to try to draw attention to the fact that we have a
over the fiscal cliff next week. the impact will be felt in many other ways as well. with us is market watch reporter kelli grant. >> also a very good base jumper. >> yes i'm looking forward to that clip. >> your video is on youtube somewhere, everyone can look it up. kelli we've seen consumer confidence decline and businesses not hire as a result of the uncertainty around the fiscal cliff, but there's another impact here and people could even see it on their dinner plate. >> definitely. we're seeing a lot of consumer impact from this, just because of the large budget cuts expected to go through, if we do in fact go off the cliff and of course, there's a lot of variation here it's up to each individual agency to decide how it's going to cut but when we talk to people in the industry they just have a lot of the worst case scenarios almost that could come to play that really do affect consumers. >> there's the farm bill on the edge here as well which could significantly impact milk prices. they're talking about the potential of milk doubling in price, if nothing
tonight. >> we will keep you up-to-date with the fiscal cliff situation over the next few hours. we showed you athens a few minutes ago and the fireworks displays around the world have been heralding the start of the new year. north korea has joined other countries in having a pyrotechnics display. australia, china and russia are well into 2013. we are tracking the celebrations. >> residents in samoa were among the first to welcome 2013. these to be the last but a year ago, they jumped to the west of the international dateline. the spectacular start to the new year came in sydney harbour, launched by the australian superstar, kiley been no good. -- kylie minogue. 7 tons of fireworks filled the air above sydney harbour bridge. this city's style is rather different. john yang has held what for help -- it's believed to be the first public new year celebration in north korea. burma has joined the global party. ♪ >> the end of the year would not be complete without the viral pop hit, "gangnam style" being performed with great enthusiasm. while hong kong celebrate with a virtuous so show over
to have a fiscal cliff recommendation soon. >> we will be working hard to see if we can get there in next 24 hours and so i am hopeful and optimistic. >> reporter: but the sticking point remains finding something that can make it through the house with enough support from republicans. >> it seems like the 250 threshold that the president proposed previously is unlikely to pass the house in its current form, and so without some sort of additional compromise there, it seems unlikely that we're going to get something done before the end of the year. >> susie: you know thanks for that report. i am just wondering from all of the reporting you have done, do you think we are better off with a bad deal than no deal at all? >> you know susie when peopletal they are talking about a bad deal in political terms. frankly it's republicans that are most worried about the bad deal they have most leverage. the president has the most leverage. they are worried about a bad deal. any deal that gets us past the fiscal cliff is going to be seen as a good deal. >> susie: it seems like we are further apart than
, and risked losses in the billions. >> susie: our next guest says once the fiscal cliff mess is resolved, there will be an explosion of mergers and acquisitions in 2013. he's robert profusek, chairman of the global m&a practice at jones day. so bob why you are so up beat about more mergers and being a acquisitions especially with everything going on with the fiscal cliff. >> it's a pessimistic time andtn the merger market. m & a has been fantastic. 9 market has been okay. it's not been at th terrible bus been good. it's been held back by the negativism that was focused on the eu and this year it's the fiscal cliff and the election and everything else. the conditions are there. we need more m. & a in this cup. >> you are saying they are notgt ablocksblockbustermega deals buo medium companies, why is that. >> to do a step out deal therehe sense that things are good. m & a needs to be done. growth is thro slow and one of e ways to rise is to buy. everything is good but we have been held back by the negativism by the fiscal issues europe and the u.s. >> susie: you told me there were oil and
the fiscal cliff, the next big battle has already arrived. treasury secretary tim geithner says government borrowing hits the debt ceiling today. with me now, former new hampshire republican senator judd gregg. he's currently co-chairman of the campaign to fix the debt. senator, let's -- i want to start 50,000 feet, and we'll move down closer to ground level, but as a former member of the senate, we've now had two grand bargains, one around the debt ceiling, one around the fiscal cliff, seemingly, well, on the debt ceiling definitely, and on this one, seemingly fall apart. now that you're on the outside, are people right to be skeptical that congress can do anything? i hesitate to say big. even medium in terms of addressing our debt and spending problems? >> oh, they're absolutely correct in being skeptical, but congress can act. it has acted in the past. regrettably, it usually acts in crisis. for example, during the financial meltdown, when the entire banking system of our nation would have collapsed, congress did act. and we've acted in other situations such as right after 9/11. so, may
the fiscal cliff. >> hopefully the next time i see you, and it is in a few hours on the air here, and you are back because you say, don, we have a deal. >> and because i told you so. >> yes. thank you, congresswoman bass. and ali, someone tweeted and they say, don lemon and ali vel shishgs i am looking to you to keep me calm, because i have just accepted that we are going over the fiscal cliff, happy new year. >> look, the world is not going to come to an end when it happens and two points, and people keep asking me, what will happen to me if we go over the fiscal cliff, and one thing is that you will feel some taxes going up and the paycheck is going to be smaller, with but that is two weeks to a month before it happens, but the more important thing is what has already happened, don, and that is that people spent less money, and the consumer confidence which had been going up for a long time has started to come down and the economy is feeling worse, and the congresswoman mentioned sequester and we won't get to that. the sequester is $109 billion in automatic spending cuts this coming yea
are going to look like next year we don't know because of the fiscal cliff. as a result we didn't get the sales we expected. today retail stocks fell dramatically taking the entire market with it. >> harris: we had a lot of tough news stories between october and the end of the year. you know black friday has usually been kind of a bellwether. it usually tells us how things were going to go and it went well this year. what happened? >> people had high expectations as you mentionedover all sales up 3% or 4%. that didn't happen. one of the issues, newtown connecticut and the news cycle that went on there. people started rethinking do i really want to be in a shopping mall right now? do i want to be spending money? i do want to be shopping? it really colored the tone. you are right, typically it works just the opposite. >> people reassessing a lot of their value systems. you and i talked about that earlier. let's consider maybe the flip side. is there a silver lining in any of this for consumers? >> well, obviously black friday now not what it was. but i have got to tell you that the disc
the looming fiscal cliff within the next six days. it's a matter that's been made all the more difficult with news today that speaker boehner's house will not be back to work on thursday. we've got kristen welker joining us from beautiful honolulu. that's a lovely spot there. >> it is. hey, karen. >> hey. wel get to the fiscal cliff in just a moment. we understand that you've just gotten word that the president is actually getting updates on the condition of former president rw bush. what can you tell us about that sfl. >> that's right. according to a senior official, president obama has been kept up to date on the condition of former president bush. he is recovering. he spent christmas in the hospital. doctors kept him there after concern that his fever was increasing. now, the senior administration officials won't confirm who's updating president obama. karen, it's not unusual for a sitting president to be kept in the loop when this type of situation arouss. when a former president is ill. so we are being told he has been kept in the loop. and of course the entire white house watching
the response is out of washington with the fiscal cliff it is going to slow the economy next year. raising of taxes, cutting down of government spending will decrease economic growth, gdp growth which calculations -- shibani: we're predicting a slowdown but predicting a rise in currency in u.s. dollar. how does that -- >> good question. for safety. the bond market everyone is bearish on the bond market because interest rates should go up but in all reality the commercials have positioned themselves for short-term move down which we had. going back to neutral again and the open interest which is how many contracts are exposed to this trend or hedge are at the lowest level in years. usually you will get higher open interest of the market is going to move in the direction lower and the bond market is signaling that things are not going to be worked out and the economy will slow down the u.s. currency strengthens when there is nervousness around world which relates to the stock market going down. byy the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling -- shibani: the fiscal cliff -- >> cash is king. next you m
talked about the looming fiscal cliff. >> i'm not sure what's next. i can tell you, the senate's here, we're in session, we had votes tonight. the president is here. i'm the eternal optimist. we can pass the farm bill that we passed last june. by cutting subsidies for wealthy farmers. so, there's a lot of things that we can do but it's going to take the speaker deciding that he wants to work across the aisle to get it done. >> you can catch the rachel maddow show right here on msbnc on 9:00. >>> retired four-star general norman schwarzkopf died thursday at his home in tampa, florida. he was 78. the hard-charging general, was most famous for leading coalition forces to victory during the first persian gulf war in 1991. under his command it took troops just six weeks to drive saddam hussein's army out of kuwait. gener schwarzkopf is survived by his wife brenda and their three children. >>> former president george h.w. bush are main street in intensive care this morning. while mr. bush's condition is serious, in an e-mail, a spokesperson said for the family said that the president hasn't los
they do something or not the next day after the fiscal cliff there is going to be a bill in congress to lower tax rates after all the tax rates expire below $250,000. maybe at this point it looks like the big win that the republicans might get, if you want to call it that, is extending that slightly upwards to $400,000 or $500,000. this is bare bones deal. we're not solving our fiscal approximate and not discussing it. this is going to be fought another day, perhaps in a month with the debt ceiling. >> gregg: "wall street journal" probably had in an op-ed today the best line of the week. we'll put it up on the screen. the fiscal cliff melodrama is bad cabling reality show, real housewives of new jersey without the seven siartd without though not without the plastic surgery. they are phony and the "wall street journal" is basically arguing here the politicians are just like them. they are actors, pretending to do something meaningful about crisis of their own creation and none of them seems terribly sincere about doing something fundamental in $16.4 trillion. fair point? >> but the re
havto avoid the fiscal cliff. the fact that they are giving another shot over the next 48 hours, it is probably as good of a result from the meeting s you could've expected. gerri: i love ending on an optimistic note. that is nitely good news. i would like to thank all my guests are you think you all for yo fine alysis and thank you for your help tonight. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> happy new year. gerri: how would you describe today's closed-door fiscal cliff meeting between the president and congressional leaders? do you believe it was a political stunt or real negotiation? la mancha, vote on the right-hand side of the screen, i will share the results of the end of the show. stilahead tonight, it's not just the fisca cliff mess that congress has leftundone. there is a whole lot of other work that our lawmers should have done this year but did not. i will tell you all about it. and we will be right back when some people struggle with their mortgage payments, they become frozen, petrified. not knowing what to do, they do nothing, but the people who
the fiscal cliff, consumers think next year we'll see higher taxes and lower entitlements. the only place in our space where we see a very significant fiscal cliff hit is aspirational customer, so the step-up customer into low-end tiffany's jewelry, for example, we just don't think they showed up this year. >> even if people, stacy, are going to be hit by higher taxes next year, at least some people are going to be hit by higher taxes next year, a lot of this is psychological, isn't it. you turn on the tv and you're feeling spooked, right? and once we have a deal or resolution, uncertainty taken away, will people unleash their spending? will this be unlocked? >> i think at the high end, yes, there will be some relief, and, you know, to laura's point, we were in tiffany over the weekend, you would be shocked how much sales help was available on the silver floor. typically you can't get near a sales person there. >> right. >> but a lot of it is psychological, but then again, christmas has come and gone and the full-margin products have come and gone. you fix the fiscal cliff and go into cle
to show for itself after two years. coming up next, how the massive gains in the fiscal cliff could impact your 401k and the economy. stay with us gerri: big tax hikes set to t gerri: you make it, they take it. 23.8% is the raise that policymakers will see on capital gains. chris edwards joins me now. he is director for tax policy studies at the cato institute. i would like to show people what we're talking about. he gets confusing for people. we have a current tax rate, 15%. on january 1, the capital gains tax rate will jump to 23.8%. i talked to a lot of my friends and they say that's not a big dumb. what you say? >> it is a big jump. if you add state taxes on top of that, the united states will be up to 20%. our major trading partners, britain and europe and canada -- they are only 16%. so there is a very good reason why just about every industrial country has a really low capital gains tax rate. that's because policymakers just about everywhere know that low capital gains tax rates are crucial for a growth of economy and entrepreneurship and high-technology industries. gerri: so what i
. if you want to check out how much this fiscal cliff falloff will affect your next pay check, had to this web site. half a bill to legalize same sex marriage in illinois could come before state lawmakers in springfield as soon as this week. a white house spokesman tells the chicago sun-times, president obama is urging lawmakers to approve the "religious freedom and marriage fairness act". the spokesman says if the president were still in the legislature, he would support a measure to treat all couples equally. illinois passed a law approving civil unions for same sex couples in june of last year. if you're going out to celebrate tonight. the c-t-a is offering you a safe ride home for a penny. this year, the c-t-a is partnering with "miller lite" to provide rides on buses and trains for just one cent. penny fares begin at 10 p-m tonight. continuing through four a-m on new year's day. >> they are erupting with tons of exploding fireworks as they welcomed in the new year. it was the world's first major celebration for 2013. 7 t of fireworks were set off from rooftops and barges. many
back early because of the fiscal cliff. dagen: steve, thanks. >> take care, dagen. dennis: our next guest is predicting a santa rally with markets in the green the last week of the year and into early january. the chief investment strategist of raymond james is joining us now. there's a track record on your side about the last week of december. >> that's right, usually the last week and the week before is when the last of the retail selling takes place and there tends to be upside vacuum between christmas and first couple days of the year. 70% probability of being an up shortened week. dennis: you don't see that percentage going down because of the cliff and all that? >> i think your previous guest was right. i lived inside the d.c. beltway. i think they will come together. they won't get a grand solution, but i think they could get the first step of maybe 500,000 as your other guest suggested in terms of the definition of what wealthy is. i think he's also right on boehner. boehner has been under tremendous personal pressure to cut a deal, and when the new congress sits on january
ahead as we count down to the fiscal cliff. up next how middle class tax bills could get hit by the amt. liz macdonald is crunching the numbers. lori: first as we do every time, every day at this time, rather, let's check the oils market. 73 cents. back after this. it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. so it's not about keeping my dentures in, it's about keeping the food particles out. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip. lori: washington is hard at work at this hour. we're getting dribs and drabs of information. you can call it just that. in eye event if a deal is not reached in time it can be hundreds of headaches for middle class americans when it comes to paying tax
a small deal on taxes before the fiscal cliff deadlines up, their next fight over the dead ceiling will be queued up and ready to go. whether or not we go over the fiscal cliff tomorrow night, a political stand-off over the debt ceiling is imminent. joining us sort through all of this current and future fiscal crises is ezra klein. at "the washington post" as well as columnist for bloomberg view. thanks for joining us. you addressed the issue of what happens next, i saw you on rachel's show friday. your theory are it's key to how the fiscal cliff plays out. explain. >> there's a significant difference of opinion in the political ramification of what happens if we go over and it comes down debt ceiling. if we go over the fiscal cliff they have all of the leverage because we'll go into the debt ceiling and it will be just like 2011 again. they'll say we're not going to raise the debt ceiling unless you cut entitlements, barack obama will say no and terrified of consequences of national default he'll say yes. so they'll get all of the entitlement cuts with no tax increases on the tabl
is if you go over the fiscal cliff immediately, next year you start with a lot more option for how to deal with it, rather than just a discussion of income levels. a million-dollar threshold or $250,000 threshold speaker which is what we are all talking about. >> that's exactly right. the travesty has been the line drawn, $250,000 and john boehner working his way towards that in terms of tax cuts. but then not coming to an agreement. it left all of the other areas out there that we haven't dealt with. medicare and other big entitlements. we still don't know the outlines of dealing with discretionary spending. as you said, all those other parts have been like left as we focus on this one fight, a fairly small part of it. heather: thank you for joining us, we will see what happens two hours from now we want washington is on high alert as new photos suggest north korea may be preparing for a nuclear test. we will have the latest on this developing story. heather: and american hero remembered today. storm in norman, the man who led us to victory in the first gulf war. >> i have to tell you kno
next guest says once the fiscal cliff mess is resolved, there will be an explosion of mergers and acquisitions in 2013. he's robert profusek, chairman of the global m&a practice at jones day. so bob why you are so up beat about more mergers and being a acquisitions especially with everything going on with the fiscal cliff. >> it's a pessimistic time andthat is a cause for optimism in the merger market. m & a has been fantastic. 9 market has been okay. it's not been at the terrible but it's been good. it's been held back by the negativism that was focused on the eu and this year it's the fiscal cliff and the election and everything else. the conditions are there. we need more m. & a in this cup. >> you are saying they are notgoing to be the big blocks about atblocksblockbustermega deals but the small to medium companies why is that. >> to do a step out deal therehas to be animal instincts the sense that things are good. m & a needs to be done. growth is throw slow and one of the ways to rise is to buy. everything is good but we have been held back by the negativism by the fisca
the fiscal cliff. with only three days to go, our next guest says it's not falling over the cliff we should be worried about, it's how much the landing is going to hurt. brian mcginnis is the head of the campaign to fix the debt, president of the committee for responsible budget and joins us this morning from washington. maya, good morning. what do you mean by that? what are you trying to say when you talk about the landing hurting the most? >> well, the point is that the fiscal cliff is a deadline and it's an important deadline that's there to help us focus on getting a big debt deal. the sad state of play is that it appears they're not going to be successful in that. they're not going to be able to replace the cliff with a big, comprehensive debt deal that's big enough to help fix the fiscal challenges of the country. but what's even additionally troubling now is that we may actually go over the cliff. and the fact that we are going to, because of partisan fighting, and an unwillingness to tackle these challenges, do something that is really going to harm the economy and harm all of us. i
her medication over the next several hours. >>> and to or other major story, the looming fiscal cliff. lawmakers worked through the night to try to reach an agreement. >> without a deal, taxes are set to go up for just about every american. tahman bradley joins usy washington with more on the stalemate. >> reporter: john and paula, good morning. if there is no breakthrough today, the country will go over the cliff. talks continue but this morning, there is still no deal. >> we'll have further announcements, perhaps, at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> reporter: republicans and democrats negotiated all week wednesday the hope of passing legislation to protect most people from massive tax hike. >> our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly. >> reporter: there was optimism over a deal over the weekend. that ended when harry reid said he could not present a counterproposal. mcconnell phoned for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump start the ne fwoesh united n
with legislation that either c really pass. and then we gover the fiscal cliff and i agree that it just kicks the can a little bit further. part of the problem is we have no leadership here. gerri: let's get rich edson back into this. my next question is, what happens next? do we just wait for harry reid and mitch mcconnell to come up with something? when might we have more of these meetings? reporter: senate leaders will meet tonight. carrie reeder says he is suspendi regular business on the senate floor tomorrow so leadership can work on us. they are working on issues and have been for the last couple of days. at that point, sometime sunday morning, they will have to make a decision as whether they got enough vot for they have come up with something that can actually pass the hous and the senate. if that's the deal and they do reach some kd of skeleton or compromise that they can sell the democrats and republicans in the house and senate, they will begin that process once leadership is signed off. the time from then it's a little bit longer when you consider that the house has a rule that a
. i think that would pass. there are ways to avoid the fiscal cliff in the next 36 hours. >> what is that mood like? i know you have been talking to them day in and day out. i was asking you on the commercial break what you are doing on capitol hill, what you are doing now. a lot of hurry up and wait. >> there's a lot of frustration. everybody understands this is a very serious issue. 36 hours from now, the fiscal cliff takes effect if there's inaction. there's some optimism. there's reason to be hopeful. i think the senate is going to come up with a plan we'll be able to vote on in the house. if not, the president put forward a plan that is ready to go now. there's no reason we can't get that done. >> the president has a back-up plan, he wants you to put something forward to make sure the tax cuts stay in place for the middle class. it's something you can support. what is your threshold? is it $400,000 or $500,000? if reid and mcconnell come up with a deal, what would you support? >> i would support $250,000. it's probably going to be higher than $250,000 somewhere between 400,00
of a truman era farm bill in the fiscal cliff. we will explain coming up next. greg: i love milk. also, politics and the lives of orphans. banning u.s. families from adopting russian children from and what it might mean for the future of parents everywhere who want to adopt children overseas really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. heather: welcome back. epa administrator lisa jackson up and down after four years on the job. her tenure has been marked by controversy. including a high-profile fight with republicans over the keystone pipeline. she is also accused of using a secret e-mail alias to conduct official business. in a statement, she gave no reason for her departure, but said that she would be ready for a new challenge
government. host: can you take us through the next 48 hours on this debate on the fiscal cliff? what needs to happen? caller: ok. i say, the president should be willing to come up to $300,000, as far as tax increases. we need revenue. $400,000, some people make that. we need revenue. the only way to get it is to get it from people who actually have the money. there is no shame in helping our government. this is our government. the republicans need to understand that social security and medicare -- listen, those are so important. people are talking about i do not want children paying the bill. they will need social security as well. i want republicans to realize that they were elected to do the will of the people. not just the three% or whatever. they all need to understand that we are all affected by their thinking -- the president won the election, right? host: thank you for the call. i want to take you through some of the effects, if we do go off the fiscal cliff, if congress takes no action. this is the chart from the new york times of what will happen immediately and in the next couple
the debt ceiling in with the fiscal cliff. we have to get to next without a self-inflicted recession and take on the debt ceiling which a symptom of the national debt. if we can deal with the national debt, we can get a deal on the debt ceiling. but that is a lot of work. gerri: the war of words going on is not helping. harry reid saying it is republicans fault and somebody from boehner's office said harry reid has to talk less and legislate more. it is comical. it is simply comical what is going on. does it surprise you? >> sadly it does not surprise me too much. the truth is this. there has to be a bargain struck and not a good way to bargain to demonize the people you'll be sitting at the table with. harry reid called a speaker john boehner a dictator. republicans have fought that, they are not innocent in this. timtime to take down the verbal warfare and cut a deal sparing the fallout of the fiscal cliff. gerri: can we get anything with any meaning before the end of the year? >> not get your hopes up on a big deal on the debt. not too many tax increases, some will be in there. av
of months. it proves even if we get through the fiscal cliff situation we are headed for a major showdown next year. >> doug: ed henry traveling with the president in honolulu. what happens if we go over the fiscal cliff? molly henneberg explains it means more money of the of your wallet. >> taxes are going up on everyone immediately. if washington can't come to a deal on the fiscal cliff. >> you have less money in a difficult economy with little clarity. >> the economy will go down sharply. >> look at the number from the tax policy center. this is the average tax hit the families take on top of what they pay on taxes. those make between $40,000 and $50,000 pay extra $1700. >> if you manage to make over $200,000, it will be a big jump up. you will need to send a check to uncle sam for $14,000 initial dollars. $500,000 to $1 million pays $34,000 more. they want $215,000 on top of what you pay in taxes. >> the wealth manager says the money you have left as far as businesses also deal with their own tax hikes. >> you are going to see less money in your paycheck. >> the government has to bite
, sanjay. >>> more on our special coverage of the fast moving negotiations over the fiscal cliff. up next, hear why one high profile democrat says going over the cliff would be good for the stock market. and your 401(k). check this out.  >>> a compromise on the estate tax may be part of a last minute deal in the fiscal cliff. we're talking about how much money you can leave for your loved ones after you die. republicans want to extend the current estate tax that tops out at 35% and affects the states. the outline of the deal that just has been floated together would set the estate tax at 40% and the threshold at $5 million. let's bring christine romans in to make sense out of all of this. what do the numbers mean to real people? >> what it means, it is a victory politically for republicans and it means many republicans have said for a small business owner, small family farmers, people who have worked hard and amassed an estate, it means that they won't have to pay much more than they currently do for an estate tax. this is a true compromise here. because this is what you
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